• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Establishing the Kingdom of Heaven

Loraine Boettner D.D.:

[W]hat can give the Christian more satisfaction and joy than to know that the whole course of the world is ordered with reference to the establishment of the Kingdom of heaven and the manifestation of the Divine glory; and that he is one of the objects upon which infinite love and mercy is to be lavished?


2 Timothy 1:9: (It is God) who saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before times eternal.

Psalm 33:11: The counsel of Jehovah standeth fast for ever; the thoughts of His heart to all generations.

Isaiah 37:26: Hast thou not heard how I have done it long ago, and formed it of ancient times?

Isaiah 46:9, 10: I am God and there is none like me; declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things that are not yet done.

2 Thessalonians 2:13: God chose you from the beginning unto salvation in sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.

Matthew 25:34: Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

1 Peter 1:20: (Christ) who (as a sacrifice for sin) was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world.

Jeremiah 31:3: Jehovah appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love.

Acts 15:18: Saith the Lord, who maketh these things known from of old.

Psalm 139:16: Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them.

(From: The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination)


ImmanuelMichael Card:

The implications of the name “Immanuel” are both comforting and unsettling. Comforting, because He has come to share the danger as well as the drudgery of our everyday lives. He desires to weep with us and to wipe away our tears. And what seems most bizarre, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, longs to share in and to be the source of the laughter and the joy we all too rarely know.

Mayan Calendar Voodoo and What It Means for Christians

Mayan Calendar

What is this Mayan calendar thing about? Just what is supposed to happen today?

According to some, the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the earth as we know it on this very day. They believe that a significant planetary alignment takes place today, and along with the increased activity of the sun, there will be a catastrophic geological event on our planet – possibly wiping out most of the life on earth. Some predict that the earth’s plates will begin to move rapidly. Others predict major solar storms or that the earth’s magnetic fields will change. Some even predict that today there will be a New Age salvation event which enable us to get along better with each other.

John Henderson, a professor of anthropology at Cornell University says the Mayan calendar maps cycles in time and not time itself. In other words, it is similar to our yearly calendar, but much longer. Tomorrow is a kind of New Year’s Day for the ancient Mayans. This 5,000-year calendar cycle ends today – not the world. On December 22, a new 5,000-year calendar begins.

Earlier this year, the modern Mayan calendar myth was proved false at an archaeological dig in Guatemala. The team found a mural painted inside a residence that includes a calendar with predictions of dates thousands of years after this current cycle.

Last Days MadnessOf course, we Christians should not laugh too much. We too have suffered from our own charlatans and misinformed persons who have made the assumption they could predict the Second Coming of Christ.

In the first Millennium, many Christians believed the Second Coming of Jesus would take place in 1,000 AD. Many people disposed of their belongings, left their jobs, and abandoned their homes. When the date came and went with no apocalypse, the Christian authorities decided they had miscalculated Jesus’ age. Therefore, they decided the world would actually end in 1033 A.D. Apparently, they miscalculated again. Unfortunately, however, people are still playing this “prediction game”.

Edgar C. Whisenant said of his book, 88 REASONS WHY THE RAPTURE IS IN 1988,  Only if the Bible is in error am I wrong and I say that unequivocally.” When the rapture did not happen, he wrote a new book called THE FINAL SHOUT: RAPTURE REPORT 1989. He reported that his math calculations were off a year. Of course, we are still here!

Charles R. Taylor wrote in BIBLE PROPHECY NEWS in the summer of 1992 that Jesus’ return would occur in the fall of the same year.

Grant R. Jeffery wrote in his ARMAGEDDON: APPOINTMENT WITH DESTINY that he believed the year 2000 was the termination date for the last days. Still here!

Jerry Falwell, on a December 27, 1992 television broadcast, stated, “I do not believe there will be another millennium . . . or another century.” Still here!

Harold Camping wrote in 1994, Jesus would return in the fall of that year. As president of the FAMILY RADIO NETWORK, Camping also created a lot of excitement last spring when he predicted that the Rapture Feverworld would end in a series of rolling earthquakes known as “The Rapture.” After May 21 came and went without any signs of the Rapture, Camping moved his predicted date to October 21. Still, no Rapture!

I think it would be a good thing for those who predict dates for the Second Coming to remember how many before them have failed in their attempts. They never think that someone could say “Christians like you have been telling us for decades that Jesus is coming soon. Why should we believe you anymore?” By crying wolf and being wrong each time, the church is seen as a sham. Skeptics of Christianity are likely to conclude the Christian message is a fraud.

Jesus said:

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:36-44 ESV)

G. Campbell Morgan writes:

“There is an arresting insistence upon the fact that the time is not known. In those words He solemnly warned His disciples, and us, and the whole age, that we know not when, not in this prophecy, nor anywhere else in the teaching of Jesus, not in the whole New Testament is there a single declaration that can help us to fix, even approximately within the limits of human almanac or calendar, the hour of the advent. Nothing could be plainer than this!”

Jesus will come again at the time of God’s choice, and we will never know the time until it happens. Christianity deserves better from its leaders and followers than to be compared to this modern hoax about the Mayan calendar. So stop buying those stupid end-of-the-world books; read your Bible, obey the Word, and strive to become more like Christ.

Here are two books (reduced price) to help you understand what the Bible actually teaches about the Second Coming of our Lord:

Last Days Madness (e-Book PDF Download) Price: $5.95

Rapture Fever (e-Book PDF Download) Price: $2.95

*The information above on Rapture predictions comes from Gary DeMar’s book, Last Days Madness.

Samuel at Gilgal

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